State officials have fired a top parole and probation administrator after a state investigation showed he violated key policies at the Department of Community Corrections.
The Arkansas-Democrat Gazette reports that Damian McNeal was fired Monday, according to an internal investigation account which says he “changed an incident report at least twice to reflect false information and submitted it as a complete and accurate report”.
Faulkner County authorities are searching for three inmates who have escaped from the county jail.
Sheriff Andy Shock told reporters that 27-year-old Jonathan Jackson, 27-year-old Joel Vermillion Jr. and 41-year-old Stacy Ray Wilson escaped shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday through a fence in the jail's recreation yard. Shock said the three then stole a car from a business near the jail and fled.
The sheriff's office website shows that Wilson was being held on burglary and drug charges and that Jackson and Vermillion were being held on drug charges.
A joint investigation conducted by the Department of Justice and local police force arrested four Arkansans charged with robbing eight local restaurants and one store.
Two of the men have previous criminal records, and over $8,000 was stolen during the crimes. US Attorney Christopher Thyer says solving cases can be more effective when state and local entities work together.
"All four defendants are currently in custody. During these robberies suspects were aggresive...lives were put in danger" said Thyer.
A Jackson County jail escapee has been killed during a police pursuit in Missouri.
Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas says Steven Mitchell died Tuesday afternoon after crashing the vehicle he was driving while trying to elude police in Mtn. View, Missouri, about 140 miles north of Newport.
Lucas says police stopped the vehicle driven by Mitchell's wife about noon Tuesday for speeding and when she was removed from the car Mitchell got behind the wheel and drove away.
A judge has granted a request for a mental evaluation for a man arrested in the shooting deaths of three people, including his 9-year-old niece.
Circuit Court Judge Charles Yeargan granted the request Monday from defense attorneys for 43-year-old Timothy Allen Hill.
Authorities arrested Hill in the July 13 deaths of his estranged wife, Dana Hill; his mother-in-law, Julie Hartsfield; and his niece, Autumn Hartsfield. All three were found shot to death at a home near Murfreesboro.
Arkansas State Police say a 9-year-old girl is among three people killed in a shooting near Delight in Pike County.
The ASP said in a news release Sunday that the three were found Saturday night after authorities received a 911 call reporting a shooting southwest of Delight. Troopers say 33-year-old Dana Hill and 54-year-old Julie Hartsfield were dead at the scene and 9-year-old Autumn Hartsfield was found wounded and later died at a Hot Springs hospital. The ASP says one man is being held for questioning about the shooting.